Join us at the Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party in LA on February 24 with music legend Stevie Wonder performing!
Join us at the Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party in LA on February 24 with music legend Stevie Wonder performing!
Please join us for Spellbound, a gala celebration for Silicon Valley Ballet on Sunday October 4. In honor of Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño’s Cuban heritage, Spellbound will celebrate the culture of Cuba.
A Gala Evening for Silicon Valley Ballet
Sunday, October 4
170 Market Street
San Jose, California
The event will feature a Cuban-inspired gourmet dinner, poolside cocktails, salsa dancing, and mingling with Silicon Valley Ballet's artists and leaders. I will be giving short remarks about our family’s Erma Weil Dance Scholarship, which supports a top dancer in her schooling every year and is named for my grandmother who was still dancing at age 95.
Silicon Valley Ballet will be performing the American premiere of Alicia Alonso's landmark Giselle in October. We hope to see at the ballet this season!
Please join us for Savor The Greenbelt, a fabulous farm-to-table event to benefit Greenbelt Alliance and their work to save open space and farmlands in the Bay Area from sprawl and to promote smart, sustainable growth.
Savor The Greenbelt
Tuesday, October 13
Presidio Officers’ Club
50 Moraga Avenue
Celebrity Chef: Traci Des Jardins
Honorary Hosts: Actress Connie Nielsen, Congressman Jared Huffman
Laney & Pasha Thornton, Nancy Adler & Arnold Milstein, Elliot Evers, Tom & JaMel Perkins, Andy & Sara Barnes, Craig Hartman & Jan O’Brien, Dan & Mimi Kingsley, Lynne Deegan-McGraw, Will & Julie Parish, Michelle Yesney & Richard Gertman, Thomas Brickley, Linda Jo Fitz, Wells Whitney & Anne Halstead, Patricia Dinner, William Evers Jr., Jon & Katherine Harvey, Toby Rosenblatt, Michele Stratton, Dee Swanhuyser, Nadine Weil
Attire: Business or Cocktail Attire
Since 1958, Greenbelt Alliance has been working to protect the Bay Area's 3.6 million acres of natural and agricultural lands from Sonoma to the South Bay. Their holistic approach has helped to protect the viability of the Bay Area's beautiful landscapes, farmlands, and neighborhoods. Geenbelt’s mission started with the pioneering vision of founder Dorothy Erskine who mobilized friends and neighbors to protect places like the Marin Headlands from sprawl development. They have helped to protect 2.1 million acres with policy to date, and they are just getting started.
One of the things people including myself love about the Bay Area is the nearby open space for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife, rejuvenation, beauty and much more. But this just didn’t happen by accident. Individuals and organizations like Greenbelt Alliance have fought hard for the last 50 years to save these places from development. It is an ongoing need.
I am honored to serve on the host committee for Savor The Greenbelt. Come and celebrate Greenbelt Alliance’s pioneering work to preserve our spectacular landscapes, local farms, and the sustainable future of our cities and towns. We hope to see you at the party!
Please join us for the fabulous Evening Under The Redwoods dinner on Saturday, September 19 in Marin, California benefiting Cool the Earth and Captain Planet Foundation. Confirmed guests include Superhero for the Earth awardee Leilani Munter, Alice Waters, and Bob Weir. Enjoy a poolside cocktail hour, a delectable farm-to-table feast, and music by the Painbirds featuring the Grammy-winning founding members of TRAIN.
Environmental education for students is one of my passions and is critically important in our modern age. Only a few tickets remain. We hope to see you at this unforgettable event!
I am happy to serve on the Honorary Committee for the silver anniversary of the Clean Air Awards. Join more than 200 Bay Area dignitaries, leaders and innovators in recognizing the outstanding contributions made by businesses, organizations and individuals in the Bay Area in advancing clean air and improving air quality.
25th Annual Clean Air Awards
Thursday, May 21
11:30 am Reception
12 noon Luncheon & Awards
The Westin St. Francis
Alexandra’s Ballroom – 32nd Floor
335 Powell Street
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Mark Leno, SF Mayor Ed Lee, Jack Broadbent of BAAQMD, Carl Guardino of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Nadine Weil
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Presenting), Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, MTC, Heart of Green
In its landmark 25th year, Breathe California’s 2015 Clean Air Awards will bring together nearly 200 Bay Area leaders committed to addressing and solving the biggest environmental issues of our times. Nominees include civic, business, health, and education leaders that are making a positive impact on Bay Area air quality through their leadership, advances in technology, research, and education.
In thinking about clean air, I look forward to a day when the majority of cars and trucks on the road will be 100% electric or at least plug-in hybrid. I think this will help air quality significantly. As a daily pedestrian, I am frequently subjected to puffs of exhaust fumes coming from diesel trucks, scooters, buses, and more. I can imagine that cyclists have the same experience. Diesel particulates are known carcinogens according to the World Health Organization. As we encourage more people to walk and bike, we must continue to clean up the air at the same time.
Hybrid cars are intelligent in that they shut off at stop lights and do not idle. Electric cars are the ultimate example of this. Texting-while-idling is a new phenomena that wouldn't matter if cars were cleaner and more intelligent. I am encouraged by the wonderful CA Senate bill SB 1204 sponsored by Senator Ricardo Lara that passed in 2014 enabling Cleaner Trucks and Buses with zero or near-zero emissions in CA. This must be the future.
We hope to see you at the awards!
You are cordially invited to Water Gala 2015, Imagine H2O's 6th annual celebration of water innovation and entrepreneurship. Come and enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and mingling with the who’s who of blue.
You will also have the opportunity to meet the winners of the Water Infrastructure Challenge, not an easy feat! With the drought top of mind these days, this is a wonderful time to support the blue-minded Imagine H2O, a high-impact entrepreneurial organization that is making California and the planet a better and wetter place.
Water Gala '15
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
6:00 pm VIP Reception
7:00 pm Water Gala
Palace Hotel Ballroom
2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
RSVP at www.imagineh2o.org/watergala15
We hope to see you there, and don’t forget to wear blue!
You are invited to the 10th Anniversary of the Gorgeous & Green Gala on October 10 at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco benefiting Global Green USA. Our theme this year is Emerald City, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate a decade of charitable green glamour with you.
GORGEOUS & GREEN
10 Year Celebration
Friday, October 10, 2014
6:00 pm VIP Reception
6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Dinner & Musical Performances
9:00 pm Fashion Show & Party
The Bently Reserve (LEED-certified)
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Chairs: Zem Joaquin, Nadine Weil, Christopher Bently, Wendy Schmidt
Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Hudgens, Navid Negahban, Connie Nielsen, Dawn Olivieri, Louise Roe, Paul Hipp, Catt Sadler, and Broadway star and recording artist Shoshana Bean, famous for her portrayal of Elphaba in WICKED
Enjoy a gourmet 3-course meal by celebrity chefs Dominique Crenn (Michelin 2 star Atelier Crenn), Parke Ulrich (Epic Roasthouse & Waterbar), and Ethan Howard (Cavallo Point)
Lily Achatz, Jessica Appelgren, Sophie Azouaou, Robyn Beavers, Yves Behar, Chelsea Brown, Brian Bunch, Eileen Gordon Chiarello, Cher Chronis, Scott & Laura Claxon, Camille Crowder, Olivia Hsu Decker, Nellie Draganic, Fati Farmanfarmaian, Robin Farmanfarmaian, Joel Goodrich, Kiki Goshay, Eric & Carmel Greenberg, Tricia & Karl Jacob, James Joaquin, Roxanne Klein, Marco Krapels & Moira Hanes, Jordan Kurland, Jorge Maumer, Louise McCabe, Bryan & Tara Meehan, Margaret Mitchell, Heidi Pettit, Warner & Kareline Philips, Steve Simon, Elisabeth Thieriot, Janet Wallace, Christiana Wyly
Green Tie or Cocktail
RUNWAY FASHION SHOW:
The runway fashion show curated and styled by Lily Achatz and co-produced by Clarissa Nicosia will be a glamorous extravaganza showcasing top conscious fashion designers, eco-couture looks, and premier ethical brands including Oliver Tolentino and Karen Caldwell. Makeup by Chantecaille. Hair by Mercer Street Salon and Pureology. Beats by DJ David Carvalho. Models by Stars Model Management.
Benefiting the nonprofit Global Green USA
$125: 1 Fashion Show & Party ticket (9 pm entry)
$1,000: 1 VIP Dinner Ticket, VIP Reception, Gift Bag
$2,500: 1 Front Row VIP Ticket, VIP Reception, Gift Bag
For tickets and tables, please call Keeley Locke at 310-581-2700 x180
or visit: www.globalgreen.org/sf
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Bently Enterprises, The 11th Hour Project of The Schmidt Family Foundation, Volkswagen e-Golf, nrg energy, eBay Green, ecofabulous, Stars Model Management, Elisabeth Thieriot, Ashley Morgan Designs, PG&E, Chantecaille, Mercer Street Salon, Pureology, Taste Catering, Bently Ranch Meats, Blueprint Studios, Glodow Nead, Leftwich Event Specialists, Everything Audio Visual, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Defiant Whisky, 360 Vodka, MateVeza, VeeV Spirit, One & Only Resorts, Post Ranch Inn, Simon + Krull, Zio Ziegler, Step Into My Green World, Earth Friendly Products, 100% Pure, Arbonne, EO, H&M, Numi Tea, popchips, Sjaak's Organic Chocolates, Supergoop, TATCHA, vTrue, Wildlife Works, Juice Beauty, Green Toys, Replete Skincare, FSHN Magazine, DJ David Carvalho, Boutique DJs, Hotel Vitale, Ocho Candy, Miette, Lang Antiques, California Caviar, Korbel Organic Brut Champagne, Drew Altizer Photography, Soma Water
TABLES & SPONSORSHIPS:
$5,000: Friend Sponsor (5 dinner tickets)
$10,000: Emerald Sponsor (table of 10)
$15,000: Ecofabulous Sponsor (front row banquette of 6)
$25,000: Earth Sponsor (table of 10)
$50,000: President's Sponsor (table of 10)
ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN:
Global Green's mission is to create a global value shift toward a more secure and sustainable future. They help schools, affordable housing and urban environments to go green in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide, with the goal of improving the public's health and mitigating climate change. Global Green is the national arm of Green Cross International, Mikhail Gorbachev's international environmental organization. They founded the famous Red Carpet-Green Cars Campaign at the Oscars and are facilitating the green rebuilding of New Orleans, New York, and New Jersey with their Build It Back Green and Solar for Sandy initiatives. www.globalgreen.org
We look forward to seeing you at Gorgeous & Green, the 10th year!
The Great Gatsby movie came to life at the sold-out 9th annual Gorgeous & Green Gala - The Green Gatsby - on October 11, 2013 in San Francisco benefiting Global Green USA. The Bay Area’s most eco-conscious philanthropists along with celebrity hosts Rosario Dawson and Maggie Grace turned out for the event which celebrated high-end sustainable design making a difference in people’s lives.
Gatsby was the theme of the night, and the Reserve sparkled in luxurious Art Deco black and gold decor and sumptuous lighting. Curated by Blueprint Studios, the design was completely sustainable. The guests embraced the Jazz Age dress code with aplomb and were resplendent in 1920s attire including vintage flapper dresses and elaborate headpieces.
The event was co-chaired by Zem Joaquin, Nadine Weil, and Christopher Bently. Notable guests on the green carpet included actress Rosario Dawson, actress Maggie Grace, singer Eoin Harrington, Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method who played at the event, Wendy Schmidt, Peter and Stephanie Coyote, Vanessa Getty, raw food chef Roxanne Klein, and actor Steve Connell.
VIPs began the night with a cocktail reception featuring sustainable Wente Vineyards Brut Sparkling Wine and farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres by the talented Taste Catering. Guests were then treated to a gourmet, organic dinner prepared by celebrity chef Ken Frank of La Toque accompanied by the sustainable LangeTwins Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve and the famous Eileen Cabernet Sauvignon from Chiarello Family Vineyards. Assorted delectable pastries made with organic ingredients from Miette rounded out the evening on a sweet note.
The Gorgeous & Green fashion show, curated and styled by Lily Achatz and co-produced by Lily Achatz and Clarissa Nicosia, glamorously invoked the Gatsby era and showcased stunning models by Stars Model Management in vintage couture 1920s looks from Decades of Fashion in San Francisco, eBay Green, Torso Vintages, and Rose La Mer (exquisite headpieces), as well as bespoke suits from The Artful Gentleman and eco-conscious gowns from Cari Borja. Also starring was America’s oldest clothier, Brooks Brothers, who outfitted F. Scott Fitzgerald in his day and created the men's costumes for the recent blockbuster movie “The Great Gatsby.” Google Glass even made an appearance on the Green Gatsby runway.
Pureology stylists worked their magic to give the models beautiful 1920s looks, while Chantecaille and Saks Fifth Avenue provided expert makeup for the runway show. Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method rocked the house with his Gatsby-infused beats. He is truly utilizing music as a force for good with the Electronic Music Alliance. The Decobelles gave a spirited dance performance to the Charleston which wowed the crowd.
During the festive fete, Eco-Accolades were awarded to the prominent local businesses Intel, Adobe and The PlumpJack Group based on each company’s superior commitment to sustainability. Intel was recognized for its industry-leading green power purchases that offset 100% of its U.S. electricity use, Adobe was honored for their exemplary green building and energy efficiency projects, and The PlumpJack Group was celebrated for their LEED Gold-certified properties CADE Estate Winery and the forthcoming Odette. Awards were accepted on behalf of each company by Suzanne Fallender of Intel, David Wadhwani of Adobe, and Hilary Newsom Callan of The PlumpJack Group.
“The event exceeded our extremely high expectations and we cannot thank our fabulous supporters enough,” said Zem Joaquin, editor at large of Home and Lifestyle for Huffington Post and founder of ecofabulous.com. “We were honored to recognize Adobe, Intel and PlumpJack Group for their exceptional focus on sustainability with Eco-Accolades, while celebrating the life-affirming work that we are doing at Global Green every day.”
"Zem and I were delighted to co-chair the Gorgeous and Green Gala together for our ninth year,” stated Nadine Weil. “Our goal was to show that you can live the decadent Gatsby lifestyle, and it can be eco-conscious from the fashion, to the decor, to the delectable speakeasy cocktails. Gatsby believed in the green light, and we too believe in a bright green future for all.”
On that speakeasy note, guests enjoyed an array of ecofabulous beverages throughout the evening including the famous Bee's Knees, Manhattan, and South Side cocktails served in ‘20s glassware. Featured at the bar were 360 Vodka, Masters of Whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon & Rye, Chateau Leoube Rose de Leoube, CADE 2010 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, LangeTwins 2009 Midnight Reserve Red, Wente Vineyards Brut Sparkling Wine, Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay, MateVeza beer, Laughing Glass Cocktails, and Runa Tea.
Cop by day, auctioneer by night, Lenny Broberg hosted a spirited live auction that raised over $40,000 for Global Green and featured alluring packages from the legendary Post Ranch Inn, Bardessono, Turtle Island Resort in Fiji, and Las Alamandas Resort in Mexico, all renowned for their eco-luxury practices and unforgettable experiences.
The committee raised over $350,000 for Global Green’s environmental programs thanks to the night’s generous sponsors including The 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation, eBay Green, Bently Enterprises, Adobe, nrg energy, Pureology, PG&E, ecofabulous, Catamount Ventures, Heart of Green, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, The Real Real, NapaStyle, Bottega Napa Valley, Roka Akor restaurant, Elisabeth Thieriot, and our wonderful Host Committee members including Wendy Schmidt, Christine Bronstein, Alice Bamford, Eileen Gordon Chiarello, Steve Simon, Eric & Carmel Greenberg, Tricia & Karl Jacob, and Lisa Sardegna.
We would like to give special thanks to Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation for eco-friendly car service, Le Meridien Hotel, Everything Audio Visual, and Leftwich Event Specialists. Taste Catering helped us make the Green Gatsby a target zero waste event, thereby putting the ultimate green in gorgeous.
To see all of the fabulous event photos, please see the Drew Altizer gallery.
Left: Matt Petersen, Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method, Janine Jordan
Right: Zem Joaquin, Maggie Grace, Christiana Wyly, Nadine Weil
San Francisco Chronicle: Global Green Gala, October 11
C Magazine C Social Front: Global Green Gorgeous and Green Gala
San Francisco Chronicle SFGate: The Green Gatsby Gala
Step Into My Green World: Maggie Grace and Rosario Dawson host Global Green 9th annual Gorgeous & Green gala in San Francisco
Haute Living Magazine: Global Green’s Gorgeous and Green Gala
Haute Living Magazine: Top 10 Looks from Gorgeous and Green
ContactMusic: Global Green USA's 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala
The Avant Gardist: Gatsby Goes Green
Florum Fashion Magazine November 2013 issue: The Green Gatsby
Gastronomique En Vogue Magazine (GEV): The Green Gatsby
Glam: Party Report: 9th Annual Green Gatsby Gala
Glam: Beauty School: How to Get the Roaring ’20s Look
Glam: Green is the New Black: Why Stylish Celebs Are Turning to Pre-Loved Clothes
Please save the date Friday, October 10, 2014 for the Gorgeous & Green Gala, the 10 Year Celebration, at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco benefiting Global Green USA.
We are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th year and promise the best Gorgeous & Green yet. Our theme this year is the Emerald City where we will feature the green city of the future. Celebrity hosts, star musicians, a gourmet organic dinner by top chefs, a runway fashion show of the best conscious designers, festive cocktail receptions, dazzling Emerald City decor, sustainable living showcases, a fabulous photo booth, a rocking after party and much more await. Join us for a nod to the past and a bow to the future. More exciting details coming soon! www.globalgreen.org/sf
Heart of Green is thrilled to announce the creation of a Sand Mandala at the Exploratorium in its new home at Pier 15 in San Francisco from July 3 to 6.
The mandala will be crafted by hand by monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery in Southern India.
The sand mandala is being presented in collaboration with Sacred Stream, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the wisdom of ancient healing and spiritual traditions to modern society. The ultimate goal of the monks’ sand mandala is to cultivate compassion and peace in the world.
The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday July 3 at 10 am. The closing ceremony will be held on Sunday July 6 at 1:30 pm. Because the Exploratorium is hosting, there will be opportunities for the public to participate and even practice with the monks’ tools. Each day, the mandala will become more elaborate. I can’t tell you what happens at the end. You will have to see it live! Tibetan Sand Mandala at the Exploratorium
I love my city of San Francisco, except for one thing – the condition of the streets. I am a pedestrian at least 50% of the time, which gives me a bird’s eye view of our pavement. In general, it is shocking how bad our pavement is for such a world-class city. Rents are some of the highest in the country. The center of gravity for the tech sector has shifted here. And yet, our pavement is in deplorable condition.
I was embarrassed last year when we hosted the America’s Cup in San Francisco, and one of the main streets near all of the action – Sansome Street – was a mess of potholes. I thought surely they would repave this street as a matter of civic pride, but they did not.
This might seem like an odd thing for a green girl to write about. I walk as many places as I can and strive to log at least 2-3 miles on foot per day. For trips that require a car, I use my Plug-In Prius and can complete most of my errands on pure battery power. I didn’t really notice how bad our streets were until I developed some temporary lower back pain. Then all of a sudden, every pothole and bumpy strip of pavement I drove over caused me pain. It became a nightmare. I would be feeling great and then after 5-10 minutes of traveling by car in San Francisco, the pain would be back. Then I noticed that in most other cities, this would not happen. I could drive around and not end up in agony. Somehow they managed to have smooth pavement, while San Francisco did not.
To make matters worse, San Francisco is currently undertaking a sewer replacement project whereby they are tearing up our main streets. I understand that this is necessary work, but when they are finished, they are leaving behind a disaster zone of pavement that is extremely uneven and bumpy. Franklin Street, Pine Street, Polk Street, and now Gough Street. No main travel artery is safe.
This must be a dangerous situation for the bicyclists in San Francisco who have to navigate the existing potholes and now the post-construction debris. According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Bicycle Count Report 2013, the number of people biking in San Francisco has increased 96% since 2006. The SF Bicycle Coalition has done great work encouraging the smooth repaving of popular biking streets such as 17th Street. Much more needs to be done.
Potholes can cause damage to your car’s tires, suspension system, and alignment over time. They can also lead to annoying rattles. Over a half a million insurance claims are filed every year for automobile damage from potholes nation-wide.
What do the official numbers say? The Pavement Condition Index assigns blocks a number from 0 for the worst to 100 for the best, i.e. a freshly-paved block. For 2013, the SF Department of Public Works reported an average Pavement Condition Index score of 66. This is up marginally from a score of 65 in 2012 and from our 10-year average of 64.
As I have walked around the last month, I have tried to take pictures of the potholes, bumps, big cracks, uneven asphalt, and suboptimal repaving that have crossed my path. A picture is worth a thousand words. Please see:
Here are a few of the highlights from the gallery:
The intersection of Divisadero and Sutter near the UCSF Medical Complex is a mess and hazardous for cars and pedestrians alike
A biker tries to navigate the construction at the corner of Franklin and California Streets. This has become a common sight in San Francisco
The Streets of San Francisco Flickr Gallery currently contains over 100 photos from the following streets: Broadway, Broderick, Divisadero, Laurel, Fillmore, Franklin, Golden Gate Avenue, Gough, Pacific, Polk, Sacramento, Vallejo, Van Ness and Webster.
I will strive to continue adding to this gallery over the next month. If you have any photos of atrocious pavement on a main street in San Francisco, you can send them to the email: streets of sf at yahoo dot com. Please send only small-to-medium resolution photos that are suitable for the web. Thank you.
If you see a pothole that needs filling, please report it to San Francisco 311 via their great mobile app and include a picture!
Let's work together to make San Francisco's pavement safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
Potholes make Mission Street dangerous in Bernal Heights, San Francisco Chronicle, March 6, 2014
SF sewer work leads to bumpy road, San Francisco Chronicle, January 30, 2014
Join us for the “Oscars of the Ocean,” the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards presented by Blue Frontier at the California Academy of Sciences.
Friday, May 30, 2014
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
We will celebrate outstanding achievements that protect the oceans and communities that depend on them. This year’s award recipients will include Captain Charles Moore as Hero of the Seas and former Secretary of State Leon Panetta for Excellence in Policy. In the blue house will be the renowned Dr. Sylvia Earle, Academy Award winning director Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove”), the director of the film “Blackfish” Gabriela Cowperthwaite, eco race car driver Leilani Munter, the directors of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station and many more leaders.
Especially heart-warming is 16-year-old Casey Sokolovic who will receive the youth award for founding Love A Sea Turtle.
Sponsors: Google, Wendy Benchley, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, The Campbell Foundation, The Henry Foundation and others
This night will be a special treat for me because the ocean was my first love. I was especially enamored with shells, clown fish, and Moray eels as a little girl and wanted to become a marine biologist. Somehow I ended up in business but am slowly making my way back.
The 7th annual Benchley Ocean Awards will be followed by the first ever Bay to Sea Seminar on Saturday May 31 at the Aquarium of the Bay.
Ways to Help the Ocean
The ocean covers 70% of the Earth's surface and contains 97% of the Earth’s water. Let’s work together to save this life support system of our planet. Hope to see you at the event!
Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate the beauty of all living things, and we acknowledge our power to be stewards of the environment.
Here are some fun ways to Connect with the Earth featured in ALOHA Magazine today courtesy of Heart of Green. Light a candle, walk barefoot on the beach, go for a hike in a beautiful outdoor area, cook an organic meal with the full rainbow of colors, even walk a labyrinth. We are all connected, and herein lies our power. I hope that you have a lovely day!
Heart of Green is proud to be serving on the Honorary Committee for the California Clean Air Awards on April 24. Held at the top of the Westin St. Francis with sweeping views of the city, this event is a must for anyone who is passionate about breathing clean air and promoting climate resilience.
The Clean Air Awards recognize the outstanding work being done in the business, government, education, health, and nonprofit sectors to advance air quality and lung health. Awards are given in the following categories: Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions, Leadership, Public Health, Smart Growth and Green Buildings, Public Awareness, and Transportation.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
The Westin St. Francis
Alexandra’s Ballroom, 32 Floor
335 Powell Street
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Congressman Jared Huffman, Senator Mark Leno, CEO of BAAQMD Jack Broadbent, President of Silicon Valley Leadership Group Carl Guardino, Founder of Heart of Green Nadine Weil
Mark Jacobson Sarah Backhouse
Reserve your place at www.cleanairawards.org
Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo
See a car on the road in California spewing exhaust fumes into the air? Write down its license plate and report it anonymously to 1-800-Exhaust (394-2878) either by calling the number directly or by filling out the form on 800exhaust.org . It is one of my favorite pastimes while sitting in traffic.
When I won the Clean Air Award in Public Awareness in 2007, I thought at first that it was for reporting the most number of dirty cars! It turns out that it was for promoting environmental awareness, but I am still trying to break my record for number of cars reported per year. The owners of the vehicles receive a letter in the mail asking them to clean up their car. In talking to folks, I find that many people simply do not know that their car is smoking because, well, the tailpipe is in the back of the car.
This is one of the many reasons why electric cars are so brilliant. They have no exhaust fumes and no noise, and of course they use no gasoline. If they are charged up via electricity that is coming from a renewable power source like solar or wind, then it is truly like driving on a cloud.
Air pollution kills 7 million people prematurely each year. Let's fix this. We look forward to seeing you at the Clean Air Awards!
Heart of Green is thrilled to announce a historic event celebrating the 80th birthday of Jane Goodall, the legendary advocate for the chimpanzees and all living creatures.
80th Birthday Celebration
Thursday, April 3, 2014
6 pm Cocktail Reception
7 pm Dinner & Program
San Francisco, California
With special musical guest Dave Matthews
Jane is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. As part of her legacy, Jane would like to relocate 100 orphaned chimpanzees from an overcrowded rehabilitation center to three pristine islands that are part of the recently-expanded Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Republic of Congo. These chimpanzees will be able to live out their lives on the islands under the care of the Jane Goodall Institute in a more natural and protected habitat.
"The Best Birthday Present"
As Jane says, “All of these chimpanzees are waiting. I am hoping that for my 80th birthday, we can raise enough money to give them their freedom. That would be the best birthday present that I could have.”
RSVP: Please note that this event is now sold out! Thank you so much for your support.
Please see the Wildlife Conservation Network for future events that benefit the animals.
On April 3 at 11 am PST, tune into a live Google+ YouTube Hangout with Dr. Jane Goodall. Join the conversation by posting questions on Google+ or Twitter (@JaneGoodallInst) using the hashtag #80yearsofJane.
Don’t miss one of my favorite organizations, Jane’s Roots & Shoots. It gives young people the knowledge, tools, inspiration and hope to improve the environment and the quality of life for people and animals. Hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries are now part of the network helping to create a more hopeful tomorrow.
If green is the new black, then blue is the new green. Join us for Imagine H2O’s Water Gala 2014 on March 18th celebrating one of the world’s most precious resources – water.
Imagine H2O Water Gala
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
6 pm – 9 pm
One Leidesdorff Ballroom
344 Pine Street, San Francisco
Enjoy food and beverages from local purveyors, meet the winners of this year’s blue tech competition, be entertained by artists and performers, and mingle with the who’s who of water.
I live in California where we are experiencing a historic drought. There has never been a better time to talk about how entrepreneurship and innovation can advance water efficiency and solutions. This is where ImagineH2O shines. They host business plan competitions for water entrepreneurs, distribute cash prizes and provide an accelerator program that connects promising technologies with real buyers. It is a win-win ecosystem of water stakeholders, and it is definitely what we need now.
To date, Imagine H2O has focused on technology in the areas of Water Efficiency, the Water-Energy Nexus, Wastewater, and Consumer Innovation. 2014 is all about Food & Agriculture. This latest sector is critical as agriculture uses over 80% of California’s developed water supply.
Go Blue with Water-Saving Tips
Here are some simple and fun ways that you can go blue and be part of the water solution:
Contact your local water district as they often offer rebates and financial incentives for many of the above steps.
Heart of Green is thrilled to serve on the Host Committee for Imagine H2O’s 5th annual Water Gala. We look forward to seeing you on March 18th in your favorite shade of blue. www.imagineh2o.org
You are invited to a fabulous night of green glamour and entertainment at the Global Green Pre-Oscar Party in Hollywood featuring Moby and The Crystal Method. Saving the environment has never been this much fun.
Global Green Pre-Oscar Party
February 26, 2014
1735 Vine Street
Join over a thousand guests including celebrities, eco-luminaries, and influencers from around the world as we gather to celebrate solutions for a sustainable planet and raise funds for Global Green USA. The evening will culminate with musical performances by the amazing Moby and The Crystal Method. See more exciting party details here.
We look forward to seeing you in Hollywood, and don’t forget to be green and glamorous!
I am living proof that food is medicine. Twice in my life, doctors have said those dreaded words, “There is nothing more we can do for you.” And twice, I have come back using the power of nutrition.
I love starting my day with The Daily Good. It is tough to find the time and space in one’s appetite to eat all of the recommended vegetables and fruits. The Daily Good is so convenient. It is robust health in a packet. It tastes delicious mixed into your favorite juice or smoothie. Here are many of The Daily Good’s benefits:
: Contains high quality ingredients chosen for their purity including organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic wheatgrass juice, organic pea protein, and sustainable moringa (a powerful antioxidant). Read more about spirulina’s impressive benefits
: Provides organic wild blueberries, organic raspberries, organic lemon, organic ginger, mineral-rich Hawaiian red salt, and 2500 mg of wild-harvested coconut water. It is like drinking a coconut water on steroids!
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Add the Right Calcium For Strong Bones: In addition to The Daily Good, I also recommend taking a fully-balanced calcium supplement like Bone Up by Jarrow Formulas or Bone Strength by New Chapter. These contain both absorbable calcium and essential companion elements of Vitamin K2, magnesium, and Vitamin D3. You can buy these supplements online or at stores like Whole Foods.
Calcium supplements like Caltrate at drug stores are suboptimal and even potentially harmful because they contain calcium that is hard to digest (calcium carbonate or limestone) and are missing the Vitamin K2 and magnesium needed for absorption. So this calcium can end up in the wrong places such as in kidney stones or in the arteries, not in the bones. The key is to start preserving your bones early with a calcium supplement that is well-absorbed by the body. Osteoporosis is not a foregone conclusion!
Happy New Year: Make it your New Year’s resolution to make your health a top priority. You will see changes almost immediately in your appearance and mood. As my Dad likes to say, you will begin “youthing” rather than aging. It is as simple as staying hydrated and eating/drinking nutrient-dense foods and complete protein throughout the day. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Cheers to 2014 and positive daily habits. It's easy being green with The Daily Good. Bottoms up!
Please join me in celebrating extraordinary dancing and artistry at Ballet San Jose’s star-studded opening night gala in Silicon Valley this November.
Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95113
Under the direction of their new incredible Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño, the gala will feature Ballet San Jose dancers and a glittering cast of international guest artists from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet (Maria Kochetkova).
The repertoire will showcase the most famous ballet works including Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Le Corsaire, Giselle, Don Quixote and many more. This gala is absolutely not to be missed!
Contact Kristin Bertrand at kbertrand at balletsj.org
or 408.288.2820 x218
About Ballet San
Known for bold, beautiful, and innovative programming that matches the creativity of its Silicon Valley home, Ballet San Jose is the second largest professional ballet company in California. The critically-acclaimed company has achieved new and rapid artistic growth through its strategic relationship with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), with access to productions from ABT’s extensive repertory, its network of renowned artists, and prestigious National Training Curriculum, which has made Ballet San Jose’s School the exclusive ABT-certified institution on the West Coast.
Ballet San Jose produces professional performances of the highest artistic standard from beloved classics to modern works and is an integral part of the Silicon Valley’s cultural life. Ballet San Jose is also committed to providing interactive arts education for children, youth, and adults through its ballet school and outreach programs, focusing on both professional training and community enrichment. www.balletsj.org
We are thrilled to invite you to the 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala - The Green Gatsby - hosted by Rosario Dawson and Maggie Grace on Friday, October 11 in San Francisco benefiting Global Green USA.
The dinner is now sold out, but a few tickets to the fashion show and party remain. Please click here to rsvp
We hope you can join us at this glamorous celebration for the environment!